Oikos University will resume classes Monday, three weeks after a gunman killed seven people there.
Most classes will be held in the same Oakland building where police say former nursing student One L. Goh, 43, killed six former classmates and a receptionist. But nursing students likely will be spared the additional trauma of returning to the scene of the massacre, said the school's president, Jongin Kim.
"Maybe the nursing is at another place," Kim, whose native language is Korean, said Wednesday in broken English. That location has not been finalized, he said.
The campus is a no-go zone for some students who on April 2 saw classmates shot to death at the building on Edgewater Drive, near Oakland International Airport. Some said they were willing to complete their education as long as classes are held elsewhere.
"There's no way I could do it in the same building," said Dawinder Kaur, who was wounded in her arm. "We don't want to go back to that place. We can't."
Others may not return at all. Nursing student Grace Kirika, listed in court documents as one of the people Goh attempted to kill, said she probably would not continue at Oikos, no matter where it holds classes. She declined to answer further questions.
The unaccredited, nonprofit Christian university is licensed by the state to offer vocational nursing degrees, but state regulators have said they are concerned about low exam passing rates among Oikos nursing
Administrators have said they are considering moving some classes to Oakland's Patten University or Fremont's Unitek College. Leaders at both schools said this week they would be happy to host Oikos students, but they had yet to reach an agreement with the school.
In an earlier interview with this newspaper, Kim said he was concerned about Oikos University's future.
The Oikos website continued to list the names of the seven victims Wednesday. Dozens of people had left condolence messages on the site.
"We will remember," read a message from the school. "We will prevail."
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